InGuider Experience Sharing Workshop

Sustainable agriculture
On Monday, 17th January 2022, the first Annual ‘InGuider Experience Sharing Workshop was organized by the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering (FAE) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) for students who completed their internships through the InGuider[1] program. The workshop aimed to showcase the internship experiences of students who successfully completed their internship at various companies and to promote the InGuider program to new attending companies while also gathering fruitful inputs from the participants to improve InGuider.

InGuider is made up of four-stage guidelines in preparing and running a well-structured internship program for universities in Cambodia. The essence of the InGuider program lies in a) the structured and centralized approach of the program (i.e., the faculty provides support in pre-selecting the companies rather than the students finding companies on their own, if required); b) the pre-internship training for students; and c) close supervision of the students by a faculty supervisor throughout the internship period.

The workshop was attended by 24 participants from government institutions, private companies, NGOs and RUA faculty members and staff. Representatives from the Department of Land Resources Management of General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) were present at the workshop, including six companies: Kirisur Khmer Fresh Milk Co., Ltd, Agri-Sambath Khmer, Smart-Agro, BUNY Khmer Eco-Energy, Kubota, and Khmer Beverages of Chip Mong Group. Apart from Swisscontact, another NGO, Energy Lab Cambodia was also present. FAE’s faculty members and staff including the Dean, Dr. Lor Lytour, Vice Dean, Dr. Theng Dyna and Program Assistants along with seven intern students and two students, representing the Faculty of Fisheries who were interested to learn about InGuider internship program were also present.

During the workshop, the InGuider model and its focus on the importance of the partnership with private sector was highlighted along with the success of the publication of InGuider Handbook.

"Internship program is crucial for the students to prepare themselves for the future career path. The practical learning experiences that the students obtain at the real working environment through internship program will benefit them to become a technical human resource in modern agricultural field and be ready for employment market"
Mr. Lor Lytour, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering expressed his thoughts towards the importance of internships for students

Mr. Chorn Rasy, a 2nd year student at FAE, who interned at Kirisur Khmer Fresh Milk Co., Ltd. presented the highlights of what he learned during the 3-months internship program. Rasy mentioned that he learned a great deal about the milk production process, specifically, starting with the understanding of the cropping system and the use of modern innovative technologies that the company operates on the 300 hectares farmland.

The workshop also witnessed a growing interest of private companies in the InGuider program. 

"We applaud all the students who have just successfully finished the internship program. We could see the strong commitment of students who strive for this new learning experience, working directly in the agriculture field. We look forward to identifying areas of collaboration with the faculty to offer internship experiences in the future."
A representative from Kubota stated

The participation of students from Faculty of Fisheries also indicated growing interest in the InGuider program within other faculties of the Royal University of Agriculture.

Learn more about InGuider.

[1] InGuider is an internship product developed jointly by the Faculty of Engineering and the Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) program of Swisscontact

2021 - 2024
Sustainable agriculture
Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture 
The project promotes appropriate technologies and extension services for a sustainable intensification of agricultural production leading to reduced negative impacts on the environment including an improved soil health that allows smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income.